How to Build a Road Bike Step 1, Installing the Bottom Bracket
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Step 1 – Bottom Bracket (GXP Type)
What you Need
- Park Bottom Bracket Tool (Park BBT-19)
- Torque Wrench (TW-2 or TW-6)
- Park Polylube 1000 Lubricant (PPL-1)
- GXP Bottom Bracket
Before you Get Started
- Make sure your bottom bracket shell is properly threaded, and clean.
- If your bottom bracket shell is not properly threaded it is recommended that you take it to a bike shop to have it properly chased.
Installation (See the video below)
1. Apply a thin layer of lubrication to the bottom bracket threads of the bicycle frame (see Figure 1).
2. Apply a thin layer of lubrication to the threads of the bottom bracket bearing threads (see Figure 2 & 3).
3. Insert the drive side of the bottom bracket into the frame and get it finger tight (see Figure 4). If you are using an English thread bottom bracket (BSA), and you likely are since most production bikes sold in the USA have English thread bottom brackets, remember that the drive side of the bottom bracket has a reverse thread (counterclockwise to tighten). If by chance you are using an Italian thread bottom bracket, the drive side of the bottom bracket will have a standard thread.
4. Once the drive side of the bottom bracket is finger tight, tighten the bottom bracket to the proper torque using your bottom bracket tool and torque wrench (see Figure 5).
5. Insert the non-drive side of the bottom bracket into the frame and get it finger tight (see Figure 6). Both English thread bottom brackets and Italian thread bottom brackets have standard threads on the non-drive side (clockwise to tighten).
6. Once the drive side of the bottom bracket is finger tight, tighten the bottom bracket to the proper torque using your bottom bracket tool and torque wrench.
This completes the installation of your bottom bracket.
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Jon and Chris